A teal is a small freshwater duck. Its miniature size, its speed, and most prominently, the flash of the blue-green band on each of its wings, makes this duck stunning to behold. From the name of this duck, the name of the color teal is derived. However, the color itself originates from the patch of color found around the eyes of this duck. In paint, mix white paint with blue and green. The color varies as more or less white, blue, or green is mixed. The color does not have a long history of human use. It originates slightly less than 100 years ago, in the year 1917.

The duck is a real prize to behold by bird watchers. It is a favorite of environmentalists. While it is not a preferred target of duck hunters (small size means less meat), hunters who practice taxidermy all seem to prize a mounted teal in their collection. Use of the color teal is sporadic. It is a sophisticated, not a mainstream color. Thus, the color appeals to the fashion industry that caters to women who see themselves as sophisticated, and tend to have the wealth to afford expensive clothes and jewelry that feature this handsome and stunning color.

One ethnic group appears to have adopted the color of teal – Hindu people. Elaborate Indian weddings are likely to feature this color in the decor, in the jewelry of the guests, and sometimes in the dress of the bride herself. Web search popular teal wedding jewelry. Wedding photographers seek a streak of the color teal in the background of special wedding photographs. Usually, it can be found in the color of a sunset, It can be air-brushed in.

The name Teal, the color, and the use of the name or the color causes most people who hear the name or see the color to stop what they are doing to notice. This is what is stunning about Teal. But, once we notice, we are left hanging. What now? Teal has gotten our attention briefly. Yet, it does nothing for us. It is left to us to do something with it.